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"Mirror, mirror in the mind."

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The World About Us 2017 – Individual Lectures

Renato Ammannati:

What are mirror neutrons and why are they important? Mirror Neurons were discovered more than twenty years ago by a team of Italian scientists. These neurons are fired both when a person does a particular action, as well as when the same person sees another person perform a similar action. Because of this peculiarity, such neurons are labelled as 'mirror neurons'. The convergence between the scientific research on human and animal imitation by mirror neurons and René Girard’s theory on psychological imitation made the Indian neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran say that mirror neurons are a discovery of paramount importance, which will do “for psychology what DNA did for biology”.


Renato studied architecture, urban planning and theology in Rome. A member of the Vatican Commission for the Preservation of Monuments and Works of Art, he worked in Italy and the Vatican State for a number of years. In 2001 he published his first book: Apocalisse. Le cose che stanno per accadere. Linearita e reversibilita del tempo nell' Apocalisse di Giovanni, and in 2010, Rivelazione e Storia; both attempting to read the Book of Revelation through the lens of the anthropological theory developed by the French scholar, Rene Girard.

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